Bill Gates Donates $20 Million!

This time it’s for higher education. Bill Gates announced today that his charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is launching a $20 million grant designed to get entrepreneurs to develop new technologies to help students obtain their college degrees.

That’s right – it’s not a direct grant to help those higher education students, but rather a grant to encourage entrepreneurs to become involved in tackling the issues surrounding America’s struggling education system.

Next Generation Learning Grants

The Next Generation Learning Challenges fund will be divided into grants ranging from $250,000 to $750,000, and will be focused on technologies that emphasize blended learning models, deepen student engagement and learning through interactive applications, high-quality open courseware and learning analytics for monitoring student progress.

The deadline for the program is November 17, and grants will be announced March 2011. The nonprofit organization EDUCAUSE will run the program, although the Gates Foundation will provide funds for the project

Not Just College Grads Who Need Help?

As a philanthropic organization, the Gates Foundation has given millions to educational causes. Most recently, Bill Gates has been involved in working with traditional, unionized school districts in places like Memphis, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Last summer he addressed the American Federation of Teachers, praising unions, “In Washington, D;C., New York, New Haven, Tampa, PIttsburgh, Colorado – you have taken historic steps to bury old arguments ad improve student achievement.”

Now Bill Gates has turned his attention to higher education. Good luck to all the contestants!

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Gao Z.
Gao Z.7 years ago

Sounds like a great way to get new ideas for his crumbling foundation. Genius.

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

Sounds like a great way to get new ideas for his crumbling foundation. Genius.

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters7 years ago

Billy Gates is costing the world billions in lost time with his crashing windows. Giving a small hand out to charity is only a tax scam and does not make him a hero. i will be an i apple soon. The tide is turning, you and your useless product has cost the world billions of wasted man hours, to think of it there should be a class action initiated by some brave victim. Good bye MS.

Fatin Nadia Abu Hassan As
Fatin Nadia7 years ago

Great news :)

Kathleen W.
Kathleen W.7 years ago

Great philanthropist! Thank you Bill Gates for recognizing the importance of higher education. :)

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nica hamblin7 years ago

Bill Gates has publicly stated that he wants to reduce the earth's population using vaccines. Many vaccines are dangerous and detremental to health. He is not trying to help the third world, he is trying to help decimate the third world. What these folks need is access to clean water and nutritous food, they need Aids medications. Instead of this he is funding pumping them full of health desroying vacccines and other nasty products produced by his freinds at Monsanto. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Dean P.
Dean P7 years ago

All billionaires take notice and open your wallets!

Denise Plant
Denise P7 years ago

Education is the backbone of every society and what the Gates's are doing is fabulous!

Diane Wayne
Past Member 7 years ago

There seems to be enough studies and evidence of what's wrong and how to fix it so that immediate help will be available. Not another study to figure it out. This just doesn't sound like the best way to invest for those who are truly in need right now!

Mastura Shah Amin


No wonder he is the richest man on earth. He is also the best philanthropist.